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optional

[ op-shuh-nl ]
/ ˈɒp ʃə nl /
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adjective
left to one's choice; not required or mandatory: Formal dress is optional.
leaving something to choice.
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Origin of optional

First recorded in 1755–65; option + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for optional

optional
/ (ˈɒpʃənəl) /

adjective
possible but not compulsory; left to personal choice

Derived forms of optional

optionally, adverb
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